WE DIE THERE: Super Eagles Make Pledge Over Okowa’s $25,000 Promise
The Super Eagles have promised nothing but victory away in South Africa in Saturday’s final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match.
Nigeria needs an outright victory to seal a spot in Cameroon 2019 after missing the last two editions. The West African nation has failed to qualify since winning the trophy on 2013.
To motivate the players who are camping in Asaba, Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa has promised a whopping $25,000 for every goal scored against South Africa.
While visiting the team at its evening training session on Tuesday, alongside the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, Okowa pledged the sum of $25,000 for every goal scored by Nigeria in the crucial tie.
The Super Eagles lost their first-ever competitive match against the Bafana Bafana on Match Day 1 of the series in Uyo 17 months ago.
With the added pull of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a match to spare, Okowa’s cash pledge has come in ample time.
“I am pleased to have the Super Eagles here in Asaba. We hope you will make Asaba your home, and as a people we will begin to follow your progress even more closely.
“We appreciate the giant strides Nigerian football is making and commend the leadership of the NFF for making Delta part of its success story.
“For every goal scored by the Super Eagles in Johannesburg on Saturday, we pledge a reward of $25,000.
“Please don’t put a limit to the number of goals you score on Saturday. Try and score as many as possible.”
Stand-in team captain Ahmed Musa responded on behalf of his teammates, saying “we thank Gov. Okowa, so much for the motivation to us to do well in Johannesburg on Saturday.
“We promise that we will return here on Sunday with victory. We will also do all we can to give the people of Asaba and the generality of Delta and Nigerians a very good game against Uganda next Tuesday.”
Pinnick, while responding, said: “We appreciate Okowa for the tremendous support given to the Super Eagles and by extension, the NFF.
“The bill for next Tuesday’s international friendly against Uganda has been underwritten completely by the Delta Government.
“As Okowa said, this state will begin to play a more prominent role in the programmes of the NFF and the Super Eagles.
“I want to commend the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, for assembling a young, professional and very efficient team for now and the future.
“We will continue to do all we can to make sure they do Nigeria proud,” he said.
“I thank the Delta Government for their hospitality and for making us feel so comfortable. I am so happy because the pitch is in a much better state than the last time I was here.
“The Super Eagles will continue to work hard to make all those who have played one role or the other in its progress happy that their investment in the team is not a waste.”
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